Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Harrisburg University claims to offer 59 academic programs

If anything, this blog has been critical about how Harrisburg University presents themselves to the public. It's understandable that the school needs to have good PR, but outright misrepresentation of basic facts is abhorrent. Dishonesty should not be acceptable to anyone in higher education.

According to many recent Harrisburg University press releases (like this one or this one) "Harrisburg University offers 24 undergraduate and 35 graduate programs."  Umm say what?! HU is claiming they have 59 academic programs?! You know, there are lies and there are crazy lies. This is a crazy lie.

The Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is authorized to offer five undergraduate programs and three graduate programs:
  1. Biotechnology
  2. Computer and Information Sciences
  3. Geospatial Technology
  4. Integrative Sciences
  5. Management & eBusiness
  6. Learning Technologies Master of Science
  7. Master of Science in Project Management
  8. Information Systems Engineering and Management
Yep, that's it!

Students expecting to find a wide range of programs to choose from have been disappointed to discover that there are in reality only a handful of programs to choose from and only a handful of full-time faculty to teach them. To make matters worse, some of these programs are dead in the water (Biotechnology,  Management & eBusiness) while other programs are dying a slow death.

Harrisburg University's deceptive advertising and public relations is simply unethical and unacceptable. The entire university risks the loss of accreditation. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (HU's accrediting body) requires its member institutions act with honest and integrity.

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